I'm just starting out in the pico reefing world and have set up my first tank. I've made a custom LED fixture for it consisting of two 3W Blue LED and 1 white LED (6000°K). They are running at 700ma. All running very nice and cool on a 12hour timer.
However I am not sure if there is enough light in there for corals. Do I need more? If so how many of what colour (I can readily get more of the current colours, but not anything like NW). I can also get lenses and I have a few 60 degree ones knocking about (the current fixture has no optics on them as I find it makes spots of colours rather than blending them).
I'm aiming to keep polyps, xenia etc but would quite like them to 'pop'. Eventually I want a pom pom crab and a peppermint shrimp.
There's life growing in there (the usual hair algae, a bit of brown algae and I think even some aptiasia (little green blob like things on tiny stalks). The tank is at the end of it's cycle so I will be introducing the clean up crew in a day or two.
Attached is two images of the tank currently (although these cmos cameras cant seem to replicate the colours correctly!)